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By Robert Watts Programme Convener for the MA in Art and Design Education at Roehampton University.

We take a look at the wonderful and endless possibilities of recycling leftover paper and how to transform it into works of art

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If there is one resource that is constantly in demand at an early years setting, it is paper. Whether it is drawing paper, coloured paper, tissue paper or run-of-the-mill white A4 paper, you are likely to get through a forest or two each year! While many pieces of paper will be transformed into paintings and drawings, a large number will simply end up in the recycling bin or even thrown away.

The following ideas demonstrate how you can recycle within the classroom and offer opportunities for creativity at the same time. Collage – tearing, cutting and pasting paper to create new compositions and images – is a process that is accessible even to the youngest of children.

Through constructing different collages from scraps of tissue paper, card, white A4 paper and pages from magazines, the children will become aware of its possible value as a resource for creative activity.

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